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Title: SH 288 toll lanes, Houston
Post by: Chris on March 03, 2015, 02:15:55 PM
http://www.globalconreview.com/news/israeli-firm-wins-first-big-us-jo8b-800m-te8x8a8s/

Israeli firm wins first big US job: $800m Texas toll highway

Three years after setting up an office in the US, an Israeli firm has won its first major road-building job there making toll lanes on a 10-mile stretch of state highway near Houston, Texas.

Infrastructure firm Shikun & Binui is a 50% partner in a consortium called Blueridge Transportation Group, which was selected by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to design, build, finance, operate the new toll lanes on SH-288 in Harris County.


See the article for more information.

and:

Photograph: State Highway 288 in Texas, which is soon to be tolled. Courtesy of AARoads

Project website:
http://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/projects/studies/houston/sh288-toll-lanes.html

(http://i.imgur.com/xWKwoYl.jpg)
Photo from the 'Houston Freeways' book.
Title: Re: SH 288 toll lanes, Houston
Post by: MaxConcrete on March 03, 2015, 09:27:21 PM
Here is the TxDOT presentation and bid analysis
http://ftp.dot.state.tx.us/pub/txdot/commission/2015/0226/11b-presentation.pdf (http://ftp.dot.state.tx.us/pub/txdot/commission/2015/0226/11b-presentation.pdf)

The $800 million price tag is higher than the earlier estimates of around $600 million, almost certainly due to the inclusion of all the ramps at the Beltway 8 interchange. All currently free lanes will remain free, and the long term plan includes an additional free lane in each direction between Loop 610 and Beltway 8. However, I don't expect to see those new free lanes anytime soon.

The presentation also mentions "Innovative ATCs within I-610 Interchange" and the presenter of the online video says that 70% of the ultimate connectors at I-610 will be built. I don't know what connectors are planned and what the configuration is - I'm thinking it is a design developed by the winning firm. http://txdot.swagit.com/play/02262015-660 (http://txdot.swagit.com/play/02262015-660)

This project also includes connector ramps to Holcombe. Those ramps began as a controversial project near MacGregor, and the Holcombe location proved to be acceptable.
 
 
Title: Re: SH 288 toll lanes, Houston
Post by: Perfxion on March 04, 2015, 06:57:49 AM
Gotta to love a toll lane in the middle of a freeway. I guess if TxDOT can do that on the Katy, lets do it on 288.
Title: Re: SH 288 toll lanes, Houston
Post by: swbrotha100 on March 04, 2015, 05:26:38 PM
http://www.globalconreview.com/news/israeli-firm-wins-first-big-us-jo8b-800m-te8x8a8s/

Israeli firm wins first big US job: $800m Texas toll highway

Three years after setting up an office in the US, an Israeli firm has won its first major road-building job there making toll lanes on a 10-mile stretch of state highway near Houston, Texas.

Infrastructure firm Shikun & Binui is a 50% partner in a consortium called Blueridge Transportation Group, which was selected by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to design, build, finance, operate the new toll lanes on SH-288 in Harris County.


See the article for more information.

and:

Photograph: State Highway 288 in Texas, which is soon to be tolled. Courtesy of AARoads

Project website:
http://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/projects/studies/houston/sh288-toll-lanes.html

(http://i.imgur.com/xWKwoYl.jpg)
Photo from the 'Houston Freeways' book.

Is that "US 288" shield still in existence? It was pictured in the article.
Title: Re: SH 288 toll lanes, Houston
Post by: jlwm on October 07, 2016, 03:50:05 AM
Per the electronic message signs on 288, construction on the toll lanes will begin this month. There's a new website with information about the project called Drive288.com (http://Drive288.com).
Title: Re: SH 288 toll lanes, Houston
Post by: Stephane Dumas on October 09, 2016, 02:14:17 PM
I posted some simulated images showing rendering of TX-288 toll lanes which include a stack interchange with Beltway-8.
(https://anonmgur.com/up/74b8675243b0e41c05bc053738af2174.jpg)
(https://anonmgur.com/up/d378d799b758a49d0263ddec55dcc1fa.jpg)
Title: Re: SH 288 toll lanes, Houston
Post by: coatimundi on October 17, 2016, 03:34:39 AM
Is that "US 288" shield still in existence? It was pictured in the article.

Looks like no.
2013 GSV: https://www.google.com/maps/@29.5557824,-95.3888971,3a,75y,168.66h,69.71t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1soMZQPvc_z2Gkydu-Xq9uiQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

If you move up to the 2016, it's gone and replaced with a shield with a stronger border. Too bad.
Title: Re: SH 288 toll lanes, Houston
Post by: Stephane Dumas on January 24, 2017, 11:04:28 AM
I dust-off this thread by mentionning some photos of the beginnings of the construction work as well as the groundbreaking ceremony.
http://drive288.com/photo-gallery/construction-photos/jan-2017/
Title: Re: SH 288 toll lanes, Houston
Post by: MaxConcrete on January 24, 2017, 09:15:51 PM
I drove on SH 288 inside the Loop on Saturday, and there is not yet any construction activity inside the loop. There is plenty of work underway at the Loop 610/SH 288 interchange, as the photos show.
Title: Re: SH 288 toll lanes, Houston
Post by: Chris on April 30, 2017, 03:00:07 PM
A $ 97 million contract has been awarded to construct the toll lanes in the median of SH 288 in Brazoria County. It runs from the Harris County/Brazoria County line to County Road 58.

Construction of the 4-lane (2+2) toll way in the median of State Highway 288 is scheduled to begin June 2017. The five mile stretch will extend from the Brazoria/Harris County line to just south of County Road 58 in Brazoria County.

http://www.guidrynews.com/story.aspx?id=1000083321
Title: Re: SH 288 toll lanes, Houston
Post by: Stephane Dumas on July 29, 2017, 07:59:33 PM
I dust-off this thread by mentionning then some photos dated from March 23 and April 20 are posted. The June ones aren't posted on the site yet.
http://drive288.com/photo-gallery/construction-photos/nggallery/projectconstruction/April-2017
http://drive288.com/photo-gallery/construction-photos/nggallery/projectconstruction/March-2017
Title: Re: SH 288 toll lanes, Houston
Post by: Stephane Dumas on October 30, 2017, 10:13:44 AM
A little bump showing some construction progress of TX-288 on Twitter. https://twitter.com/drive288

Edit: (Nov 11), There's some aerial shots showing a small forest of piers who'll receive the future ramps. http://mapper.acme.com/?ll=29.59767,-95.38314&z=18&t=S
Title: Re: SH 288 toll lanes, Houston
Post by: MaxConcrete on January 07, 2018, 11:14:42 PM
Photo taken January 6, looking west along the eastbound BW8 feeder
(http://dallasfreeways.com/dfwfreeways/AARoads/20180106-0023-1600.jpg)
http://dallasfreeways.com/dfwfreeways/AARoads/20180106-0023-1600.jpg (http://dallasfreeways.com/dfwfreeways/AARoads/20180106-0023-1600.jpg)
Title: Re: SH 288 toll lanes, Houston
Post by: MaxConcrete on March 07, 2018, 11:17:51 AM
Photos taken March 6, 2018
(http://dallasfreeways.com/dfwfreeways/AARoads/20180306_288_45-0014_1600.jpg)
http://dallasfreeways.com/dfwfreeways/AARoads/20180306_288_45-0014_1600.jpg (http://dallasfreeways.com/dfwfreeways/AARoads/20180306_288_45-0014_1600.jpg)

(http://dallasfreeways.com/dfwfreeways/AARoads/20180306_288_45-0027_1600.jpg)
http://dallasfreeways.com/dfwfreeways/AARoads/20180306_288_45-0027_1600.jpg (http://dallasfreeways.com/dfwfreeways/AARoads/20180306_288_45-0027_1600.jpg)

(http://dallasfreeways.com/dfwfreeways/AARoads/20180306_288_45-0006-1600.jpg)
http://dallasfreeways.com/dfwfreeways/AARoads/20180306_288_45-0006-1600.jpg (http://dallasfreeways.com/dfwfreeways/AARoads/20180306_288_45-0006-1600.jpg)
Title: Re: SH 288 toll lanes, Houston
Post by: rte66man on March 08, 2018, 11:04:16 PM
Thanks for posting those.  Did you get any of 610 at 288?
Title: Re: SH 288 toll lanes, Houston
Post by: FreewayDan on March 15, 2018, 12:01:26 AM
TxDOT is planning a pay-by-mail option for the 288 toll lanes when it opens.  They'll also implement pay-by-mail on other Houston toll roads that they maintain including...


https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/transportation/article/Toll-fine-changes-bring-confusion-to-Houston-area-12750895.php

Title: Re: SH 288 toll lanes, Houston
Post by: Stephane Dumas on June 15, 2019, 08:51:29 AM
I bump this thread by mentionning some new photos showing the construction of the interchange ramps at TX-288/Beltway 8.
http://drive288.com/photo-gallery/construction-photos/nggallery/projectconstruction/Beltway-8-and-SH-288

Older photos posted on March 29th.
http://drive288.com/photo-gallery/construction-photos/nggallery/projectconstruction/Construction-3.29.2019
Title: Re: SH 288 toll lanes, Houston
Post by: TXtoNJ on June 17, 2019, 10:12:52 PM
Drove here this past weekend. Best project in the Houston area right now.
Title: Re: SH 288 toll lanes, Houston
Post by: nguyenhm16 on June 23, 2019, 04:57:30 PM
Sadly there was a fatality of a worker at the SH 288/Sam Houston tollway interchange:
https://www.khou.com/article/news/local/construction-worker-dies-after-falling-more-than-30-feet-off-beltway-8-overpass/285-dafae333-3031-46f0-8fd8-2d3c3ba1139b
Title: Re: SH 288 toll lanes, Houston
Post by: Stephane Dumas on August 11, 2019, 08:45:41 AM
I saw some aerial shots taked around probably last January or February of the upcoming stack interchange of Beltway-8/TX-288. We see some ramps taking shape.
https://www.mytopo.com/maps/?lat=29.5968&lon=-95.38578&z=16
Title: Re: SH 288 toll lanes, Houston
Post by: Alex on August 25, 2019, 10:59:07 AM
Was on SH 288 south from IH 69/US 59 into Brazoria County on August 7. The whole freeway is a mess right now with ongoing construction and there's one portion where traffic is temporarily routed onto the future Express lanes.
Title: Re: SH 288 toll lanes, Houston
Post by: MaxConcrete on December 12, 2019, 06:58:37 PM
The scheduled completion has been delayed to summer 2020. The previous planned completion date was at the end of this year.

The new 5-level interchange at BW8 (Sam Houston Tollway) has made tremendous progress in the last year after proceeding very slowly previously.

The totally rebuilt interchange at Loop 610 is mostly done, but on my most recent drive-through there still was very little done on the regular (non-toll) lanes for SH 288, which swing out wide toward the interchange edges.

https://www.khou.com/article/news/completing-the-highway-288-expansion-project-will-take-nearly-a-year-longer-than-expected/285-c3015144-8326-400c-8fc4-54fdd15d8d5a (https://www.khou.com/article/news/completing-the-highway-288-expansion-project-will-take-nearly-a-year-longer-than-expected/285-c3015144-8326-400c-8fc4-54fdd15d8d5a)
Title: Re: SH 288 toll lanes, Houston
Post by: Chris on February 01, 2020, 05:20:54 AM
The Brazoria County portion of the 288 express lanes was apparently completed 'recently': https://www.mysanantonio.com/neighborhood/pearland/news/article/Builder-Texas-288-toll-project-finish-expected-15002223.php

The 10.3 miles of toll lanes two in each direction are part of a $1.1 billion Texas Department of Transportation project along the highway from U.S. 59 to the Harris County/Brazoria County line at Clear Creek. The toll lanes will continue five more miles south along Texas 288 as the Brazoria County Expressway project, which was recently completed by Brazoria County at a cost of almost $97.17 million. That portion of the toll lanes runs from County Road 58 north to the county line, where it connects to the TxDOT portion of the work.
Title: Re: SH 288 toll lanes, Houston
Post by: MaxConcrete on February 10, 2020, 08:53:22 PM
Work is finally well underway on the new SH 288 main lanes through the Loop 610 interchange. The SH 288 main lanes are depressed and swing out wide on the sides. (However, this work is not shown in the photos)

Photos taken Saturday Feb 8 looking north from Holly Hall
(http://dallasfreeways.com/dfwfreeways/AARoads/20200208_030-1800.jpg)

(http://dallasfreeways.com/dfwfreeways/AARoads/20200208_035-1800.jpg)